Letter: Learn more about concept of 'corporate personhood'

August 26, 2013 

I would like to comment regarding the recent article about federal inspectors legally conducting a surprise visit to a local blueberry farm. The farm's owners argued that under the Fourth Amendment (i.e., protection from unreasonable search and seizure), a warrant was required to allow inspectors to be on their property. By doing so, this company was claiming "corporate personhood."

Now, please note that "corporate personhood" has two meanings. The first is the ability of a corporation to engage in many legal actions (enter into contracts, file a lawsuit, be sued, etc.) as part of the day-to-day actions necessary to do business. The second meaning is much more troublesome and refers to the Supreme Court-created precedent of corporations enjoying constitutional rights that were intended solely for human beings.

There are many court cases where corporations have claimed protection by the Bill of Rights and have caused harm to people.

It's very hard to provide information in 200 words or less. If you would like to learn more about this issue, there will be a presentation 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. You can also check Move to Amend, Tri-Cities on Facebook or visit the website movetoamend.org/about-us.

KAREN RAMAGE, West Richland

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